Just when we were gearing up to host out third annual The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards ceremony in person… well, you know what happened next! Luckily, after last year’s online awards ceremony, we knew we could still celebrate our amazing Australian design industry in style. And that’s exactly what we did last night, on the final night of Melbourne’s FINAL lockdown!
For this year’s livestream, we turned it up a notch with the help of some very special guest appearances. We were so lucky to have our divine friend Clare Bowditch host this year’s event (as well as contribute a beautiful essay on creativity to our newspaper, which you can read here), and a huge special thanks must go to Troye Sivan, Melissa Leong, Reko Rennie, Jacqui Felgate, Jenny Kee AO, Paul Bangay OAM and Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton (!) for introducing our Awards categories and bringing a little star power to the evening!
The TDF team would like to say an ENORMOUS thank you to everyone involved in making this program happen. From the 500+ entries, 25 judges and 129 finalists across ten categories, once again we were so thrilled to see the quality and diversity of entries from across the country. We are so proud of the breadth that our Awards programs shows, and truly believe that the winners represent some of the best creative work that is being made in Australia right now. After two years of lockdowns, delays and hardships, the talent, innovation and ideas celebrated across this awards program makes us hopeful for the future.
We couldn’t have done this without the support our incredible sponsors: COLORBOND® steel (Residential Architecture), Miele (Interior Design), Eco Outdoor (Landscape Design), Phoenix Tapware (Emerging Designer), Country Road (Sustainable Design or Initiative), Thames & Hudson (Collaboration), and Jardan (Furniture Design). And, of course, our presenting partner, Laminex. The talented Amanda Dziedzic made our one-of-a-kind glass trophies again – it is so wonderful to be able to reward each of the winners with these unique design pieces!
SO – without further ado. The winners are…